And the Hits Keep On Comin’…

10 02 2016

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February 10, 2016. This date might not have much significance to you, but it has great meaning to me. You see, today is my official blogging anniversary. Six years ago, I decided to take a hobby and shape into what you know as Campus to Career. I was sitting in the airport, bound for Singapore to participate in Enactus World Cup (then known as SIFE), an event that brought together real-life world-changers from over 40 countries. I figured it was time to get serious about this or give up altogether. I’m glad I got serious.

I’ve been fortunate to share my point of view on career advice, collaborate with some of the best in the business, and help young people succeed in their careers all over the world. Campus to Career has made several “top career advice” lists and we’ve been humbled by each and every one.

But, here’s the thing: NONE of this would have happened without YOUR support. Seriously. YOU make this little career advice blog such an incredible source of information. There are some particular individuals I’d like to call out with a personal thank you. They are:

Family – Mom, dad, siblings, cousins, my amazing wife…THANK YOU. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without your support, influence and swift kick in the butt from time to time!

Friends – I’m happy to say that there are simply too many to name here, but again, THANK YOU. Your support has meant the world to me.

Teachers – From my kindergarten teacher to my speech & debate coach to a few very special college professors…thanks for helping me find my way.

Mentors – Can I just say all of the above? Whether they’ve been official mentors or unofficial, they’ve been instrumental in my success, guiding me, listening, and offering perspective – in my career and in life.

Peers – Thank you for leading by example. There are millions of career advice experts, bloggers and “gurus” out there. I’ve been very fortunate to connect with many of you over the years and not only is Campus to Career stronger and better because of it, I’m a better person thanks to your openness and support to help make this world a better place. Many of the “hits” mentioned in the title of this post are because we collaborated to provide unique content to Campus to Career readers! (Thank you.)

Hits like these:

Here’s to 6 awesome years of partnership. I’m looking forward to many more!

COMING SOON: A new Campus to Career website design! We’re looking for volunteers to help us design a new logo. Interested? Email your pitch and sample to kirk.baumann@att.net. If selected, we’ll credit you for the work when the new site launches!

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Campus to Career Voted 2015 Top Human Resource Blog Award

3 09 2015

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First and foremost, we’d like to thank our AMAZING readers, guest bloggers and partners for helping make this possible! YOU ROCK!!

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Springfield, MO – (Campus to Career) was recently named by Promotions Now as one of the Top Human Resources Blogs of 2015! Organizations were honored for their human resources insight, business innovation, and community growth.

Campus to Career was selected based on a three-part evaluation of such criteria as addressing the pain points of the talent acquisition community, key contributions human resources has on business success as well as staying on top of the latest HR related news and business strategies. Nominations were submitted by readers and staff and winners were chosen to help clients and partners utilize the best human resource blogs and business advice on the web. Campus to Career stood out in a unique way among the tough competition and is now featured as a recommended Human Resources blog resource.

A special thank you to Sarah Landrum, who regularly contributes fantastic articles as a featured writer and member of the Campus to Career family.

Onward!

 





4 Things You Can Do to Network With Impact & Results

8 04 2014

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It’s no secret that networking can get you closer to the job of your dreams. You’ve probably heard this countless times from recruiters, mentors, and career sites like Campus to Career. You’ve heard networking is important. You know it’s important. But when you go to a networking event, are you the person who stands around the edge of the room trying to “blend in”.

Networking is about being noticed. It’s about getting your name out there and becoming known to other industry professionals. You have to be bold, and you have to stand out from the crowd. In my experience, even if you’re a reluctant networker, there are 4 things you can do that will make you appear confident, and help you network with impact and results.

1) Arrive early

When you arrive early at a networking event, you give yourself a significant advantage – you can see who enters the room and you can be the first to speak with them. Arriving early means arriving at the designated start time, or within 15 minutes of that. If you arrive late to a networking event, groups have already been formed and the people whom you want to meet are already engaged in conversation. Breaking into a conversation is much more difficult that starting a fresh conversation with somebody who has just entered the room.

2) Create an outfit that gets you noticed

When you walk into the networking event room, it’s your outfit and your body language that others will notice first. Instead of wearing colours that make you blend into the crowd, opt for high-contrast colours and bold styles to help you get noticed. Ladies, add impact to a simple black dress with a contrasting red or white jacket. And don’t forget about your shoes. A pair of striking heels can instantly change your attitude and confidence. Gentlemen, you can enhance a simple white shirt with high-contrast cufflinks in navy or black. Or, choose a white shirt that already has contrasting buttons or colour detail in it.

3) Be bold with your body language

Body language has a major impact on the first impression we make. By simply adopting powerful body language poses at networking events, you can immediately change your impression from meek and insecure to poised and powerful, regardless of how you truly feel inside. Confident body language stems from good posture. Hold your rib cage up and keep your head held high. When you hold your head high you expose your neck, the most vulnerable part of your body, and project to the networking crowd confidence and poise.

4) Use a quality business card case

A quality business card case is probably one of the most underutilised networking tools in Western countries, but will absolutely make you stand out from the crowd. When the other person sees you remove your business card from a proper case, they’ll know that you’re somebody who cares about the smaller details. When they see you put their card in your business card case, it signals that you hold them in high regard. A few moments of respect for a potentially important business contact can have a long-term positive impact on your career.

I invite you to try these tips at your next networking event. By implementing just one of these tips, you’ll be noticed a little more. By implementing all four of these tips, you’ll absolutely have more impact and get more results from that networking event.

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Kara Ronin!****

About the author: Kara Ronin is an international business etiquette expert and the author of the eBook, The Ultimate Networking Roadmap: Rise above fear to network with confidence and class. Visit her blog Executive Impressions to claim your free 7 Step Networking Roadmap and get fabulous tips on networking and international business etiquette.





6 Career Myths That Hold You Back

18 03 2014

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Career planning provides the ability to see yourself, where you are now and where you want to go in the future. It helps you decide what type of work you want, determine the skills you need and discover the ways to get those skills. When considering what he wants to do, a person needs to understand himself through self-assessment, exploration of occupational prospects, making a choice, then setting goals and actions to build his experience, skills and knowledge. A job applicant needs to be able to prove her value to an employer if she wants to be hired. Choosing the right career fit for who she is and dedicating herself to the journey will make all the difference.

Although career planning is a rational systematic process, one also needs to be aware of the influences that affect career decision making. Lack of knowledge of career options and the world of work, the economy, one’s socioeconomic level, expectations of others, beliefs and attitudes we learn from our family, unrealistic self-expectations and career myths can derail the process.

What are career myths?

They are fictional statements or thoughts that can lead to career barriers or undesirable actions. For example:

  • The world of work is changing so rapidly that I can’t really plan for the future. Think about this. You wouldn’t start a trip without an idea of how to get there, would you? Have a plan.
  • Money is the most important factor when choosing a job. If you’re not happy doing what you’re doing just because it pays well, is that the life you want? When you need money sometimes you don’t have a choice, but think about the long term career plan.
  • I should choose an occupation based on my strongest skills. You may be good in Math but what if crunching numbers all day is boring to you? You need to also factor in what interests you when making a career decision.  What’s your passion?
  • Family members and other adults know what career is best for me, better than I do. No one knows you better than you do, but you need to do some introspection to tap into what makes you tick.
  • Making an occupational choice is irreversible. A career decision is not irreversible. If you find you’re unhappy in a profession, go back to the drawing board and go through the steps of career planning again. Career development is a continuous process that recycles throughout our life as we consider the pros and cons of making changes. This generation will have several different careers over their lifetime.
  • There is one perfect occupation waiting for me somewhere out there. There are actually many different occupations that may be a good fit for someone.  Consider job shadowing to find the right fit. 

Beware of career myths, as there are more out there. Unfortunately, people buy into them and let them affect their decision making.

 ****For this post, Campus to Career thanks Sharon Gilbert!!**** 

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About the author: Sharon Gilbert is a licensed career counselor and a former university career advisor and college recruiter. She has recently published Beyond Tuition: Career Coaching Your College Kid.  More information can be found at www.beyondtuition.com





14 People to Follow in 2014

31 12 2013

2014Happy New Year!  2013 had its ups and downs, but all in all, it was a good year.  Want to make 2014 an awesome year?  Twitter and LinkedIn are amazing resources for personal and professional development.  As a job seeker or someone who simply wants to improve themselves, the right influencers provide excellent advice, insight, best practices, inspiration and motivation to help you achieve your goals. So, to help you get started, here is Campus to Career’s 14 People to Follow in 2014 (in alpha order):

CareerBliss (@CareerBliss) CareerBliss made the 2013 list, but I still love this blog.  It makes me happy. Even their logo makes me happy. CareerBliss provides relevant, always fun to read posts that will help you advance in your career. Check them out on Pinterest as well!

Doug Conant (@dougconant) Doug is one of the most inspirational business professionals I’ve ever met. He’s the former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, leading with head, heart and hands. Read his book, TouchPoints.  I guarantee that you’ll find some excellent tips on how to be a better leader. Doug recently joined LinkedIn as an Influencer as well. Check out his posts here.

Hannah Morgan (@careersherpa) She’s the guide for lifetime career navigation.  I love how Hannah shares so much of her own content, while complementing it with great articles and nuggets from other experts.  It’s the humble gesture that counts!

Jeff Haden (@jeff_haden)  This guy is awesome.  As a LinkedIn Influencer, he’s providing some amazing advice in ways that we can relate to everyday life.  His posts are fun and very meaningful.  Check him out here.

Jennie Mustafa-Julock (@CoachJennie)  She has a great blog and I love her bio.  She doesn’t subscribe to the gentle encouragement coaching thing.  I’ve found her advice to be the kick in the pants we all need sometimes!

Jenny Blake (@jenny_blake) She’s an author, but keep reading…I’m not selling anything.  Jenny truly wants you to grow as a professional.  She’s pretty dang good at it, too.  Check out her website, jennyblake.me.  The site is fantastic and has a TON of resources available to you.  I also love her bio.  J

John Muscarello (@jmmuscarello) Check out his blog, Start Networking Today, for some excellent tips to get you going in the right direction.  John is a regularly participant of the weekly Twitter chat, #InternPro (where we started the conversation.)   He truly keeps social media social!

Keppie Careers (@Keppie_Careers) Miriam Salpeter’s blog, Keppie Careers, is one of the first that I followed as I entered into the digital space as a career blogger.  It made the 2013 list and remains to be a must follow!

Meghan Biro (@MeghanMBiro) She’s Founder & CEO of @TalentCulture, Host of #TChat (Wednesdays  7-8pm ET) and a regular contributor to Forbes.  Meghan is always sharing great information and like many on this list, she keeps social media social.  Follow her and tweet hello!

Me (@kbaumann) (I know…seems selfish) but I’d be honored if you followed me and liked Campus to Career on Facebook.  Research has proven that it’s silly to expect results if you don’t make the request.  So, I’m asking!  Let’s make 2014 awesome together.

Rich Grant (@RichCareer) Rich is co-host of #CareerServChat, the popular Twitter forum for Career Services professionals.  He has some great articles on his blog and pays it forward, sharing useful content from other experts.

Ritika Trikha (@RitikaTrikha) Ritika writes for @CareerBliss.  She’s the author behind many creative articles such as What Makes a LinkedIn Bio Great?  plus many more fantastic reads.

Steve Levy (@levyrecruits) He keeps it real, holding nothing back.  He’s a regular contributor to chats like #InternPro and #jobhuntchat.  Follow him for some of the best, frank career advice you’ve ever received.

YouTern (@YouTern)  Check out the blog, The Savvy Intern, for TONS of great articles to help you succeed.  YouTern and Campus to Career partnered to bring you the best of both worlds in 2013. 2014 will be, as Barney Stinson put it, LEGEN-(wait for it)-DARY!  I’d like to thank Mark Babbitt and Dave Ellis for all their hard work.  Keep it up, guys!

There it is, folks.  Campus to Career’s 14 People to Follow in 2014.  When you follow them, take a look at who they follow and interact with.  This list wasn’t a top 100 for a reason.  You know who you want to follow and each person has unique needs and preferences.  Each person on this list is full of knowledge, shares that knowledge with the world and has a mission of helping others succeed.  That’s what we’re all about here at Campus to Career.

That being said….if you could add TWO people to the list, who would it be??  Please leave your recommendations (along with their Twitter username) in the comments below!  As always, thanks for reading.  Best wishes in 2014!

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All I Want This Holiday Season Is…

24 12 2013

The holiday season is in full swing.  Mistletoe is in its place, the eggnog is prepared, and cookies of all shapes and sizes are ready for holiday guests.  Yes, I said “holiday.”  I say this because I know my readers celebrate more than one holiday, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to generalize everything I talk about.  My family and I celebrate Christmas.  We have our own traditions that include hanging stockings by the chimney, watching holiday classics like A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, and of course, lots of holiday goodies like peppermint cocoa, honey baked ham, and all the fixings.

You see, Christmastime has many meanings for many people.  Some celebrate it, some don’t.  I’m not promoting my traditions over yours.  When it all comes down to it, the holidays are a time we should be able to enjoy with friends and family and be thankful for what we have.  There’s a little touch of magic in the air during this time, and yes, dreams do come true.  Santa might have a hand in this…if you believe.  🙂

Where am I going with this post?  I’m glad you asked!  This post was designed for two reasons:

  1. To thank you for all the tweets, re-tweets, LinkedIn posts, Facebook likes, and blog comments that have built the community around Campus to Career.  My success is linked to yours – we’re in this together!
  2. To ask: What is on your list (and what you’re doing to make it happen) this holiday season as it pertains the job search or your current career? Please leave a comment below! 

So there it is.  First and foremost, thank you. Now, what’s on your holiday list this year and how do you plan to make it happen?  Please remember to keep comments related to the job search and your career.  Have a little fun and if there’s something you’d like to see on Campus to Career that will help those dreams become a reality, please let me know!  I’d love to help.

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your family!





Your Spring Internship is Right Under Your Nose

29 10 2013

Right-Under-Your-Nose-300x296Summer isn’t the only season for gaining hands-on experience and adding fodder to your resume. A spring internship could be just what you need to kick-start your career.

The spring semester is right around the corner. So, if you’re late to the spring internship search or just struggling to find a worthy opportunity, you’re not alone. According to a recent InternMatch study, 46.5 percent of students begin searching for their internship between one and three months prior to their chosen internship season.

Don’t sweat your spring internship search. An opportunity might be right under your nose. Here are a few tips to help you land an awesome internship.

1. Go virtual. Maybe you’ve been hunting for the perfect internship in your area only to come up short. No problem–there’s tons of virtual internships available out there.

Pivot your internship search to hone in on virtual internships across the country. You’ll gain valuable experience and be able to juggle a busy schedule of school and work while you manage your internship from home or a coffee shop.

2. Create an internship proposal. It may sound crazy, but have you ever considered creating your own internship? If struggling to land an internship in your small college town or a surrounding location, proposing an internship to an employer might help you get hired.

Reach out to employers with a one page summary of why they should take you on as an intern. This document is similar to a job proposal and it should explain what you can bring to the position, along with your internship goals. Don’t forget to ask for fair compensation.

3. Transform your volunteer opportunities. Are you an avid volunteer for one or a few nonprofit organizations? If so, it may be time to utilize your connections within this organization. Even if they don’t have an intern role available for you, they may know someone who does. Or, pitch your expertise for the creation of a new internship role.

4. Actually utilize your career center. Far too many college career centers go underutilized by students. If you’re struggling to land a spring internship, head over to your career center to get some advice. Their staffers are bound to have some insight into available internship opportunities, and they also have great connections.

5. Hit up your part-time job. If you currently hold a part-time position at a large corporation, consider using your connections to look for an internship within. Your position as a retail associate may be a kicking off point for a more major-specific internship position within the company.

6. Ask everyone. Current and previous co-workers, friends, family, professors, neighbors–everyone needs to know about your internship search. Getting a direct referral to an internship position can be a powerful thing, and you never know who might be your connecting point. Update everyone on the status of your spring internship hunt.

7. Set up informational interviews. Do you admire someone at a company you’re hoping to intern for? Contact them to set up an informational interview to learn more about their career.

Offer to take them out to coffee or chat with them on the phone to gain a new perspective on their position and the ups and downs they’ve experienced as a professional. You never know, this might put you in contact with a great opportunity.

Switch up your traditional internship search to make sure you don’t miss out on a great opportunity this spring!

What’s the most unique way you’ve landed an internship?

For this post, Campus to Career thanks our friends at InternMatch!

About the author: Ashley Mosley is Community Engagement Manager of InternMatch, an online platform connecting the best intern candidates and employers. Connect with Ashley and InternMatch on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.